Rose's Linzertorte

German Cake Recipes: Linzertorte

Rose's Linzertorte is one that's been handed down for generations. Roswitha Seeman, one of our readers, shared this with me and I asked her if I could share it with you! This is one of the great traditional German cake recipes that's usually made at Christmas. However, it's too good just to save it for the holidays.

 As you can see, this isn't a quick German recipe. But, sometimes, traditional just wins out when one really wants the real thing! (Check below to see if it's actually German!)

Rose's Linzertorte


  • 3 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 1/2 lb (1 cup) ground nuts, preferably almond/hazelnut or walnut
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp imitation rum
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 - 3 drops almond extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp whiskey or brandy
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 lb (1 cup) margarine
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 jar seedless raspberry jam 


  • Sift 2 cups flour with salt, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, cloves, and cocoa. Mix well.
  • Reserve 1 1/2 cups flour and set aside (for those who like different consistency in the dough).
  • Soften margarine and add sugar gradually, mixing well until smooth.
  • Beat in eggs with ground nuts.
  • Add rum, almond extract, whiskey, vanilla, and lemon juice, blending well together.
  • Add spiced dry ingredients alternately with milk.
  • On a wooden board, sprinkle lightly with flour and pour spiced mixture onto floured board. Add as much of the reserved flour in small amounts, kneading well, until dough is pliable to work with. 
  • Set in clean bowl, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Roll 1/2 of dough into a rectangle (1/4 inch thick) to fit a greased 13 x 8 x 2 inch pan and place in pan.
  • Spread evenly with jam.
  • Roll out remaining dough. Either cut into strips and create the traditional lattice top or use cookie cutters to cut shapes to put on top of jam.
  • Brush dough with egg yolk and bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until golden.
  • Cool and serve.
  • To store, wrap and keep in cool dry place or freeze.


  • Smuckers jam is best if you have diabetes
  • Yes, it really is 2 tbsp of cinnamon. I checked with Roswitha and that's what she uses!

German? Nope. Austrian? Yes!

Now, some may say ... "This isn't German, it's Austrian," ... and you'd be right. The original cake comes from the city of Linz, Austria. Now it's a holiday classic not only in Austria, but also Hungary, Switzerland, and Germany. 

This torte, also known by some as a Raspberry Tart recipe, can be made 'non-traditional' by using other jams. Cherry jam would be absolutely delicious! And I've got some Blackberry jam just waiting to be used as well! 


I'm so glad to have gotten to know Rose -- even if it's just online!

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